It was in the middle of a hot Texas night when Laura* awoke to get herself a glass of water. She pulled her covers off to reveal feet covered in silky smooth socks and swung her legs off the bed.
She put one foot on the hardwood floor, then the other, but as she attempted to stand Laura’s feet slipped right out from underneath her. Laura tried with all of her might to get up. The bed was no help. “Maybe the walker?” she thought, but to no avail.
“I can do this myself,” she said aloud to her dark, empty room, as she took off her slippery socks.
She tried and tried for over an hour to get up on her own, but with each attempt she could feel her muscles stiffening and her strength decreasing. She had recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and realized she would need help very soon.
After another anguished attempt to get herself up, Laura rested her arm on her nightstand and bumped her hand into what she recognized as her Belle device. With great relief, she immediately grabbed the device and pushed the button for help.
Laura was promptly connected to AvantGuard operator, Julia, who swiftly sent the paramedics to Laura’s home.
“Laura sounded very weak and tired. I was really worried for her,” said Julia. “I stayed on the line with her until help arrived and assured her that everything was going to be alright.”
The paramedics arrived within minutes and helped Laura with everything she needed, even getting her a glass of water before leaving.
In a recent interview with AvantGuard, Laura said, “This system is fantastic. I carry my Belle device with me all of the time, now, just in case.”
Since the incident, Laura has made a full recovery.